NIXA, MO (01/22/18) - Students with disabilities at Nixa High School are getting the chance to experience a class room opportunity of teaching them how to get a job after school. The students are partnering with custodian and food service staff to teach students the skills to get a job after they graduate.
“We come across a lot of things we take for granted that we think they know but they don’t know and we can take that opportunity to help them learn," says work experience coordinator at NHS Joy Finney.
With 8 students in the program, they aren’t just learning real world skills and getting grades they’re, also, getting a paycheck.
With over 100 students here at the Nixa high school with a disability the program, it’s being called, one of a kind. It’s teaching students different real life knowledge’s to get jobs after high school and getting paid minimum wage too.
Finney says, “Here in the spring we’ll work on more interview process with these students so I think, hopefully, it’ll help them land a job. I know it has worked for some of them already.”
For senior Mason, he’s landed a job at Price Cutter and has the work experience program to thank for it. “And when I started learning how to do this job I thought, ‘Hey getting an actual job is a great idea!’”
And his classmates agree that they are learning skills to help them in their future careers.
“I think it’s really good because if I worked by myself I wouldn’t get the job done but because I work with everybody I get it done in the time I’m supposed to have it done," says Amanda, another senior at NHS.
While others like to spend their money on the ones they love. “Probably on myself or my family members," says sophomore Nicole.
“Like gifts, for people. Like family members yep that’s right," says Seth, senior.